We're fast approaching the tail-end of winter and it's time to find out what's happening on the Gold Coast in August and September. From an art-inspired three-day festival to one for the antique lovers, the Gold Coast is brimming with fun activities and adventure to be had. Below are our top picks for what to do on the Gold Coast through these months.
Glow is a three-day festival that will transform the Home of the Arts precinct into a magical, enchanted wonderland featuring live performances, music, immersive installations and culinary adventure.
At the setting of the sun, the lakeside will turn into a canvas of illuminating light created by JLX that will change through the evening with a matching soundtrack. Plus, enjoy the amazing Light Sphere, an installation of mirrored discs which reflect and spherically distorts the world of curious activity going on around it.
There will be lots of surprises over the three days including neon face painting, music, dancing in the dark and food to be enjoyed under the stars.
Dates: 9 to 11 August, 5.00PM to 9.00PM
Where: HOTA, Home of the Arts
TWEED ANTIQUES AND COLLECTIBLES FAIR
The 19th Tweed Antiques and Collectables Fair brings together a group of antiques and collectables dealers from all over New South Wales and Queensland who will offer an array of rare antiques, collectables, fine china, ceramics, jewellery and retro items for sale.
There will also be the terrific work of artist Michael McMahon on display, plus a family history display, for those who are curious about this fascinating and addictive hobby of antique dealing and collecting.
When: 11 – 12 August, 9am to 5pm
Where: Tweed Heads Civic Centre, corner Brett and Wharf Streets, Tweed Heads
Cost: $5 / free entry for children under 12 years
BOTANICAL BAZAAR GARDEN FESTIVAL
Botanical Bazaar is where nature lovers and green thumb enthusiasts can connect on a common interest – gorgeous gardens – with the aim to educate and inspire nature lovers of all ages. There will be more than 90 exhibitors for the punters to visit, plus celebrity gardener talks, demonstrations, botanical art and kids' activities.
Visitors can learn how to grow their own food, urban and small space gardening, using medicinal herbs and sustainable living concepts.
When: Sunday, 16 September, 9.00 AM to 4.00 PM
Where: Country Paradise Parklands, Nerang
Cost: $15 adults; kids free
ROMANCING THE COAST
For avid readers and book lovers around the Coast, Romancing the Coast is a meet and greet for authors and readers to connect of their love of the literary world. Readers will have the opportunity to meet with authors and narrators and snag a signed copy of their books. Post meeting, writers and readers are invited to the fun-filled after party where the crowds can mingle, eat, drink and be merry.
When: Saturday 22 September, 9am to 4pm
Where: Mantra on View
Cost: from $15
SWELL SCULPTURE FESTIVAL
Currumbin Beach transforms into a vibrant outdoor gallery with Queensland’s largest, free outdoor exhibition SWELL Sculpture Festival. Open all hours, you can enjoy twilight walks, informative artist talks, discover new perspectives, wander through the Swell Smalls Gallery or participate in artist master classes and children’s’ workshops. The artworks are lit at night for a totally different perspective.
When: 14 to 23 September, 9am to 4pm
Where: Currumbin Beach